From Mark Gurman's "Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts" posted Monday on Bloomberg News:
Apple Inc. has been a laggard in the smart-home space, but a versatile new device in early development could change that.
The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.
The device’s other capabilities would include standard Apple TV box functions like watching video and gaming plus smart speaker uses such as playing music and using Apple’s Siri digital assistant. If launched, it would represent Apple’s most ambitious smart-home hardware offering to date.
My take: My Jurassic-era Apple set-top box is the center of the family entertainment system, but at this point it must evolve or go extinct.